Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fox News Award

This week's Fox News Award* goes to CNN for its "Breaking News" coverage of an alleged aggressive confrontation by Iranian patrol boats and American warships in the Persian Gulf last week. I happened to be watching CNN when the story broke, and at the time, I was taken aback by CNN's approach: information from Pentagon sources were reported by CNN journalists as if they were established facts.

Especially after these years of news distortion by the Pentagon(remember Jessica Lynch?), CNN should know better than to report Pentagon-sourced stories uncritically when they break. Some recent reports suggest that the threating voices heard on the tapes released by the Pentagon may not have originated in the vicinity of the speedboats after all.

*Jotman's Fox News Award goes to a media organization that has gone the extra mile during the course of the week to make the public more stupid.

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